Bubbles and bankruptcy at the British Museum

THE LATEST offering from the money team at the British Museum, Bubbles and Bankruptcy, is a exhibitional journey through financial crises in Britain since the first stock bubbles of 1700 to the fiscal woes of present.

The exhibition aims to “explore the fertile history of satire and protest about financial crises, represented by historic prints, contemporary cartoons and modern works of art”.

The centrepiece is a sculpture by Justine Smith aptly named House of Cards – a stack of playing cards that have been replaced by bank notes. Curators say: “The artwork neatly symbolises the sometimes precarious nature of financial speculation.”

Also on display is a bottle of champagne given by Northern Rock to its employees in 1997, in celebration of the demutualisation of the building society to become a bank. Now quite the vintage item.

The exhibition runs until 5 May 2013. For more information, visit www.britishmuseum.org

Come all ye tuneful to Canary Wharf today for a jolly good afternoon, or evening, of carolling.

Canary Wharf’s chaplaincy is inviting wannabe warblers to take part in two carol services, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the East Wintergarden on Bank Street. With choir members from KPMG, Barclays Capital, HSBC and the Financial Services Authority, The Capitalist expects there will be no shortage of City voices to be heard competing for solo glory. Both the concerts are free but booking is required. To reserve a place send an email to carolsandcandles@canarywharf.com

With all the recent seasonal activity in the City, office party goers may do well to consider the research offered by dating website AshleyMadison.com. The firm suggests that 10 per cent of us are likely to wake up after the annual office Christmas party to find ourselves disciplined for inappropriate behaviour, of which 46 per cent will be classified as an awkward amorous encounter. However The Capitalist’s own festive career advice would be to avoid what one young male graduate did last week, knocking back so many mulled wines that he promptly vomited upon a female colleague.

An aspiring cabbie might want to consider another career change after winning £100,000 in the City Index Trading Academy competition. Client services executive John Walsh beat seven other competitors, while also studying to become a black cab driver. The six-week contest saw entrants trade from desks at City Hall. They were judged on their notional profits and losses on a live test account, as well as their deployment of new principles. City Index says it just goes to show that “anyone can learn to trade the financial markets”.

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